The Deacon's Bench
October 2010 Archives

In the early 1950s, some of the most important mission work in the Church was happening in a place many of us might find surprising: Florida. Back then, the total number of Catholics in Florida came to just 70-thousand. That’s […]

Here’s a sweet treat for your candy sack: a classic musical moment from Frank Oz’s “Little Shop of Horrors.” Ellen Green warbles about her longing for a better life in sunny suburbia. (“I cook like Betty Crocker, and I look […]

From St. Louis comes this powerful story about the woman coordinating that city’s 40 Days for Life campaign: Maria Thompson was a teenager when she became pregnant. The 18-year-old was living in Mexico City. The father, 11 years older than […]

The USCCB tweeted a short time ago that they were decorating pumpkins around the office. The entry below was a favorite.

Is this really such a good idea? If you are attending Lambeg Parish Church in Lisburn this weekend, bring a cushion. Parishioners at the church will have the opportunity to sit through their rector’s attempt to break a UK record […]

A friend from Albany sent this my way, and thought it was worth noting at the close of Respect Life month. It’s a wonderful testament to the gift of life — all life. At a time when 90% of Down […]

And Damien Thompson has some reasons: Is it a function of the scale of immigration from Muslim countries over the past decade? I’m sure that’s not the main factor. The answer, I suspect, lies in the findings of a poll […]

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Just in time for the observance of World Priest Day this weekend, a reader from Milwaukee sent me the video below, of this year’s ordinations of priests. It’s artfully produced, and carries a beautiful message. Take four minutes to watch […]

So sang the thousands of young people who gathered last weekend at Six Flags Over Texas for the Lone Star State’s World Youth Day. You can get a taste of what they experienced by visiting this link and watching a […]